On Sunday, we open God’s Word to James 2. In verses 14-26 of this chapter, James tells us that faith without works is dead. His thesis is easy to see. In verse 14 he writes,

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can such faith save him?

That’s a rhetorical question and the answer is “no.”

At some point in your life, you had a medical examination where your reflexes were tested. The doctor struck you just under your kneecap with a little rubber hammer. And when that happened, your leg involuntarily kicked forward. Faith is the hammer and the kick is your works. One automatically follows another. If the works are there, the faith is real. Saving faith always produces good works.

Thanks for answering the call to help in our nursery and Children’s Church areas. We always need more volunteers there but enough of you have responded to be able to keep Children’s Church going. God bless you for your service. That’s an example of a “good work.”

I hope you’ll bring an unchurched friend and come with us to “Faith and Family Day” at the K on July 17. Tara and I will be there. We hope to see many of you, and many of your friends as well. It is an evangelistic event. We will have a tailgate at 3 p.m. that day, which will provide ample opportunity for interaction with one another. The tickets are now available by going to our website. The first 20 tickets are discounted by 50%.

Our prayer meeting is at 5 p.m. tonight. We will meet in the Train Station. I believe that very little happens in a church and in the kingdom in the absence of prayer. Later in the book of James, he will tell us “we have not because we ask not.” Let’s ask God to save souls and glorify His Name as we gather tonight.